FFRF stops Community College violation (Aug. 22, 2012)

FFRF was informed that a staff member at the college sent an email to all district employees via various faculty and staff listservs inviting them all to join a prayer at the pole event. The email advocated for Christian prayer and contained several New Testament verses. The staff member also used the following as his email signature: “BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE.”

FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote to the chancellor at Peralta Community College in Oakland, Calif., April 4, 2012, over inappropriate religious proselytizing via work email. Markert noted in her letter “that statements of college employees — even emails sent to faculty and staff listservs — are attributable to the school” and that “no public school employee may urge religious points of view on coworkers or other employees.” Markert asked the college to “take appropriate steps to ensure no employee is inappropriately utilizing state resources to push a religious agenda.”

General Counsel for the college informed Markert on Aug. 22 that the employee who sent the email is no longer sending out emails with religious content and was instructed to remove the religious quote from his email signature.

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